Literary Collective

Chart Collective

Chart Collective is a not-for-profit literary collective from Melbourne that looks beyond the idea that people are separate to nature, to explore the ways our stories are woven into the Australian environment. Our work incorporates online and printed publication of text, image and sound, as well as in situ events, affording us the freedom to explore ideas in whichever format best suits a concept, a community or a contributor.

We invite people from across disciplines and Australian communities to consider and respond to the ways their own and others’ experiences are mapped in place and time; the ways these places inform our belief systems and sense of self; the ways we influence ecological systems, and the ways they influence us. In doing this, we want to uncover and strengthen the connections we have to our places, in order to better understand, respect and nourish the ecosystems that we, as people, are embedded in.

Chart Collective would like to acknowledge that the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation are the traditional custodians of the land we work on.


Chart Collective is in residence at the Creative Spaces Lab 14 Studio at Carlton Connect from September to December to produce a series of short podcasts that explore the ways fieldwork is connected to personal understanding of place and environment. Professionals who collect real data for analysis and investigation are not purely analytical beings, and our personal connections to place can have a direct impact on and inspiration for the work we dedicate our lives to. This project aims to explore the overlaps between the personal and professional facets of a field worker’s identity, and their sense of the world around them.

The Collective

Sophie Allan, Creative Director
Sophie is founder and Creative Director of Chart Collective, and the Assistant Prize Manager of the Stella Prize. She has had writing published in The Lifted Brow, Global Weather Stations and By the Book? Contemporary Publishing in Australia. Read Sophie's interview with the Wheeler Centre here, and listen to an interview with Amy Middleton on 3CR's Women on the Line here.

Phil Marshall, Creative Director
Phil is a freelance editor with a background in the community legal sector. He assists environmental scientists and community groups with wildlife and vegetation restoration projects in his spare time.

Jocelyn Richardson, Creative Director
Jocelyn is a writer and musician. After completing a Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing), she went on to study a Diploma of Furniture Design and Technology. She has been published in Ricochet Magazine and currently plays in hybrid-electronic band Golden Girls.

Colin Trechter, Creative Director
Colin is a Melbourne-based artist, designer and educator who grew up in the Northern Midwest of the United States. He co-founded People Collective, a small design studio in Melbourne that ran from 2009-2012. Since then he has been teaching graphic design at Deakin University and creating artworks that revolve around language play.